Matt Harvey says 2014 Harvey Day will happen

Matt Harvey, expected to miss the entire season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, said he wants to pitch this season.

Harvey had surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament in the October.

Harvey, like Jeremy Hefner, will begin throwing four times a week, making 20 throws at 60 feet on flat ground through this weekend.




94 comments
Joe Montemarano
Joe Montemarano

I compare it to Steven Stamkos situation. Two young guys chomping at the bit to get back and prove they are OK and good as new. With Stamkos it was a broken Fibula a type of injury that can end a hockey players career.(Hockey players legs are the most important part of their anatomy to keep healthy) a no brainer. Harveys arm is his bread and butter. I think it proved to be a blessing when the lightning waited till after the Olympics to allow Stamkos to return and after 2 games he looks just fine on the ice. Matt needs to follow Stamkos lead and wait until he is absolutely ready. if its not until 2015, so be it. 

Rob_Zloto
Rob_Zloto

@AVSNY ive come to the conclusion there are just a lot of angry people out there, and to rationalize it is a waste of mental faculties.

gbaratta75
gbaratta75

@AVSNY I don't get it? That's exactly what you want to hear from a leader like him, he wants to play and be out there

Michael Hennessy
Michael Hennessy

I would love to see Harvey and Hefner in September as long as the are fully cleared and ready to go. I don't want a rush job. If they can get some innings in they will be on less or no innings limit next year which is a huge plus on Harvey if the Mets are having a good year and need him in September. They have a very bright future. Assuming things work out the rotation next year would be Harvey, Syndergaard, Wheeler, Niese and Montero. That would leave Colon, Gee, Hefner, deGrom and Matz as extra SP's that could be in the rotation by that time. That being said I would like to hang on to the young guys like deGrom and Matz unless they could bring a nice return in a trade. Hefner will have very little trade value coming off the injury. So that leaves us with Gee and Colon as really good trade bait. Assuming they are both pitching they way they have the past couple of years I would look to move Gee in the off season and if the Mets become sellers this year than I would move Colon before the trade deadline and bring in some prospects that can really help them next year

Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee

Love the attitude, you can see how badly he wants to be out there. He can pitch out of the pen during the playoffs.... 

Seth Opitz
Seth Opitz

If the Mets are out of it in September, AND if Harvey is ready; I would much rather see him get his return out of the way with a couple of meaningless five-inning starts than face a return on opening day of next year; but we've got a whole season to enjoy (or suffer through) first.

Muhammad Khan
Muhammad Khan

Whatever u do Matt. Don't rush and make things worse. It's not easy but be patient and see u in 2015

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Rule #1 - Don't let your mouth write checks your arm can't cover.  Had the Mets been prohibitive favorites this year with him on the mound, then you might be able to excuse this ill advised - look at me - tweet.   Harvey's clearly a me first kind of guy who absolutely craves attention.  Whether he embarrasses or humiliates himself in that pursuit seems  of little concern to him. This is rarely a good thing.  In more cases than not you wind up making a complete jerk of yourself. 

tullydew
tullydew

This kid is such a "me" person. He is an attention seeker. Please don't become ARod.

chasesimms
chasesimms

The more this guy talks and tweets the dumber he appears to be.

bigdirty
bigdirty

just take it easy kid. Date a supermodel or two to pass the time. 

newyorker9
newyorker9

sure, on PS4. chill out Harvey. wait till 2015. 

mystere24
mystere24

He can think that all he wants but there's no way we see Harvey in 2014 except in photo bombs and on Twitter.

crafalko17
crafalko17

Everyone heals differently. That's all there is to it. No one thought AP would be back to form last year and he had an MVP year. The Mets won't rush his recovery, but if his body is ready by end of August or September and he has done all he can from a rehab standpoint, him pitching at the end of the season has no real negatives and in fact could give him something to build on going into the offseason. 

This is only if he clears all the obstacles that are in front of him and is deemed healthy and cleared. Have no problem with the statement though, outside of the fact that the Mets Brass will be unhappy about it, but I don't really care what they think until they commit to the team financially like they should be. Go Harvey!

Kevin Connelly
Kevin Connelly

he should return to the club when he is 100% healthy. The idea that 2014 is an absolute wash for him... why? If he's fully healthy, he should pitch. I don't want to hear about 'risking injury' in September. If he's 100% how is that different than risking injury in March 2015? If 100%, get out there, if 99% don't, regardless of an arbitrary calendar mark.

adam
adam

Ok Matt we believe you. And we're going to win 90 games to right?

metsfan6
metsfan6

It's sad but once Harvey hits free agency he'll be gone. He's gonna go for a Kershaw-like deal. 

metsfan6
metsfan6

Just shut your mouth and do your rehab

cj1786
cj1786

I don't have any problem with h thinking this way. He should. As long as he doesn't over work himself then the extra motivation can only be a help during his rehab. As long as the team and rehab coordinators stay on the right track I love Harvey's attitude here.

ceeg
ceeg

I thought Harvey wasn't supposed to be the story this spring. I'd rather read about players who are trying to make the team or will actually be on the field in April

Jeff Dugan
Jeff Dugan

I love ! Even if he does not pitch this year how can you not be fired up about this guy! He wants to get back on the field help the team win!!

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

He'll pitch in September when the Mets are 20 games out. Will be a meaningless start.

Catt-A
Catt-A

I think a lot of fans fall into a trap that Mets management also gets caught up in - that the slowest recovery is the best. At some point, likely this summer, doctors will says Harvey should begin throwing full speed. After which the Mets may send him down to the GCL to throw fastballs at 19 years olds. After that if the docs have him pitching at full game conditions, it might well help him to throw relief innings against major leaguers.  Sports Illustrated said a couple of years ago "While most still quote the 12-18 month time frame after reconstruction, the fact is that using modern techniques and rehab has the real recovery period down to 9-12 months." It could be that Harvey will be his best in 2015 by getting on the mound for the end of 2014.


Nevertheless, Harvey cannot call up the league office and take himself off of I.R. The Mets will not put Harvey on the mound unless they feel it's the best choice medically for the future. 



JC
JC

@Brandon Lee assuming they allow him to use the citi field premises during the off-season

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

@Macacawitz I couldn't agree with you more. This guy's behavior and comments suggest that he feels himself to be above and beyond his bosses. This is never good. A player has to trust the management in how they handle his activities. To go public with any comments that are in direct contradiction to the decision makers doesn't suggest aggressiveness. It suggests immaturity and selfishness. Me Me Me. This ain't good.

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

@tullydew Well said. He may be a fine pitcher (not totally proven to me). He is a boy. Me Me Me.

rock316nyj
rock316nyj

And why is it a problem? Do you think he would want the attention if he wasn't prepared to perform at a high level?

Shawn Sparks
Shawn Sparks

@Kevin Connelly Exactly.  What medical journal ever reported keeping a pitcher on the shelf another 6 months after a full recovery "just because" is beneficial? These blanket "he has to sit out 2014" statements are based upon absolutely nothing except that "a full season" is a nice, round number that sounds good.

The Mets' short-sightedness has allowed this to become a thing.  What they should've said from the beginning was, "We don't expect him to pitch next year, but recovery is an individual process and we won't commit to strict timelines." It's not a stretch at all that Harvey could be putting in some minor-league rehab appearances before the AA & AAA seasons end.  If he's progressing fine there, why wouldn't you call him up in September to continue get more live work  vs. shutting him down and going back to simulated games on some empty field somewhere?

mikerolli
mikerolli

109 wins - Harvey off by 19 wins lmso

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

I'd rather read anecdotal stuff about Harvey then guys like Satin or Seratelli who shouldn't even be on ML rosters.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

If he pitches in September and proves himself healthy, it won't be a meaningless game no matter where they stand.

imissshea
imissshea

We call it a DL in this sport.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Dude, Gee is not a very good pitcher. Gee did well at the end of last year, but he is not in the same caliber of the guys we have coming up. Frankly, Gee is probably auditioning for other teams this year & will probably be a deadline trade candidate if the Mets aren't in the race come July 31. MLB rotations are 5 deep, that's it. If you roll with 6 pitchers you are risking the health of other guys by pushing them back too far. It's clear as day. Come 2015 you will have a rotation consisting of Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Niese, and Montero; there's no room for Gee. I know a lot of fans love him because he is a homegrown guy, but he's a solid 5th starter at best, nothing more, and he is not better than the 5 guys I mentioned above. I don't hope he has a bad year, I hope he does very well. As a matter of fact, I hope he pitches lights out this year because I root for the name on the front of the jersey, The New York Mets, not the names on the back. If he pitches well that means he will increase his trade value & he could be packaged with another position prospect for another OF power bat, a SS (if we don't sign Drew), or a power 1B (if both Duda & Davis fail again). I don't care whether a guy is homegrown or not, I want the best players possible playing for the Mets, regardless of where they came from. If that means trading a homegrown guy like Gee, so be it. It's about the team, not where a player came from, and if there's no room for him & moving him can make the team better, so be it. This isn't little league where you make room for everyone or play favorites due to seniority. Come 2015, I don't see Gee in a Mets uniform. I just hope it's because we trade him away for improvement & not because we didn't non-tender him because he returned to pre-2013 form in 2014.

eric88
eric88

@Alan Gorkin @Michael Hennessy   Gee is a guy you want on this team if and when they ever win. Put it this way if by a miracle they were in the playoffs I want Colon or Gee starting game one, not Neise.

RockMarz
RockMarz

He's doing his best. For its about Harvey story.

chasesimms
chasesimms

@Steven Matregrano @chasesimms  Not sure how you're relating tweeting about pitching this season to being allowed to have a life outside of baseball.  


I'm not seeing the connection you're making. Of course he can have a life outside of baseball!!  


mikerolli
mikerolli

I'm kidding I agree if the mets in the hunt let Harvey loose the goose

Catt-A
Catt-A

@Ricky @Catt-A @metsfan6  Actually I'm sure the Mets will offer him a Niese-style deal, whether he's interested in that is anyone's guess.